FABULOUS SEX LIFE NATURALLY
“To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you're impotent. She can't wait to disprove it.”
You may have noticed the ads in American health magazines for various combination formulas promising the user fabulous sex for life. Some of the claims being made for one product aimed at women include increased intensity and ease of achieving orgasm, improved clitoral sensitivity, enhanced intensity of pelvic sensation during sex and decreased time needed for vaginal lubrication.
For men, equivalent products are said to intensify orgasm, firm up erections, prolong erections during sexual activity and reduce the time needed to produce a subsequent erection. Sound too good to be true?
While published studies have not verified that certain brand name products create the results advertised, research has indeed confirmed the effectiveness of several components of these supplements in boosting the sex lives of both men and women. If you know the ingredients of these formulas it’s easy to understand how they might work to create such results.
It may surprise readers to know that the key ingredients for fabulous sex are virtually identical for men and women. Look for formulas containing L- arginine, folic acid, choline and pantothenic acid. These are the major nutrients working to produce the results promoted by the American magazine ads. Also present, as supportive components in some of the formulas are zinc, vitamin C, vitamin E and niacin.
How and Why It Works
To successfully stimulate the genital area, a naturally produced chemical is needed to relax a part of the anatomy called the corpus cavernosum, a spongy bundle of tiny nerves, surrounded and filled with blood vessels. The corpus cavernosum is located in the penis and clitoris. It becomes active when it engorges with blood during periods of sexual excitement. This activation isdependent on the relaxation of genital muscles during sexual arousal. On a biochemical level, what induces this is something called nitric oxide (NO).
About a decade ago, nitric oxide was thought of as little more than a simple, potentially toxic substance found in cigarette smoke and automobile-exhaust fumes, associated with acid rain, ozone depletion and possibly cancer. Research, however, has shown that nitric oxide is manufactured naturally throughout the body and plays a crucial role in regulating the function of virtually every organ. It operates in the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, uterus, and eyes. It helps regulate blood pressure, digestion, and even the behavior of erectile tissue.
Therapeutic uses of nitric oxide are probably many years off but one simple, natural thing you can do to raise blood levels is to eat a diet high in nuts (walnuts, filberts, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts) that are high in arginine, the amino acid the body converts directly into nitric oxide. Other high arginine foods are sesame and sunflower seeds, coconut, gelatin, buckwheat, barley, chicken, chocolate, corn, cinnamon, dairy products, meats and oats. This may be one of the reasons why some of the fabulous sex formulas contain extracts of cocoa and cinnamon.
L-Arginine supplementation (6000 – 12,000 mgs. daily) promotes natural body production of nitric oxide much like the drug, Viagra. What nitric oxide does is to dilate (open up wider) the arteries to the genitals. Unlike Viagra, arginine is inexpensive, has never caused any deaths and has a very low toxicity potential. Arginine has been shown to be effective in wound healing after surgery, low sperm counts and male infertility. Contraindications for its use include kidney disease and herpes simplex, both of which can be made worse by high arginine, low lysine foods like chocolate and nuts.
Women will also welcome arginine supplementation for enhancing their libido levels. Nitric oxide produced thanks to arginine improves vaginal circulation and stimulates the perivascular nerves in the genital area involved in sexual arousal. The best way of taking arginine supplements is to take between 6 and 12 grams an hour before an anticipated sexual encounter. People who cannot take large amounts of this amino acid in capsule form at one sitting can get almost as good results on sexual performance by taking the arginine in divided doses, 3 or 4 times during the day. Alternatively, arginine comes in a powdered form and can be mixed with fruit juice.
L-arginine is an essential amino acid, which can be very effective oral therapy for erectile dysfunction, producing harder and longer lasting erections and increasing libido. Aside from its effects on boosting nitric oxide levels, L- arginine is a stimulator of growth hormone release, another hormone involved in enhancing libido. Growth hormone release helps increase muscle mass while decreasing the amount of body fat. L-arginine also plays an important role in post-injury problems such as weight changes, nitrogen balance, fatigue and tissue healing. It increases collagen, the main supportive fibrous protein found in bone, cartilage and other connective tissue, stimulates the immune system and increases the production of sperm (spermatogenesis). L-arginine can be used in the treatment of liver disorders because it promotes the detoxification of ammonia which is poisonous to living cells.
Folic acid is another one of the B complex vitamins whose claim to fame has been its ability to prevent neural tube defects in the developing fetus. Folic acid is also important in the prevention of heart disease because it is able to keep the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine in check. Homocysteine has a negative impact on the production of nitric oxide, the molecule considered to be important for both an optimal cardiovascular disease as well as a very healthy sex life. Folic acid supplements of 5 – 10 mgs. daily help optimize nitric oxide levels.
Choline is an essential nutrient vital to building and maintaining cell membranes. It is derived in the diet from soybeans and eggs and its use as a supplement is primarily for memory enhancement. Choline (1200 mgs. 3 times daily) and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) (1000 mgs. 3 times daily) are used by the body in the production of acetylocholine, a neurotransmitter important for healthy memory as well as a signal for the release of the enzyme nitrous oxide synthase (NOS). In the presence of L-arginine, this enzyme helps produce nitric oxide. The combination of choline, vitamin B5 and L- arginine are thus needed to produce the nitric oxide for release into the bloodstream so erection can occur.
B complex (50 – 100 mgs. daily) should be taken to balance the individual B vitamins taken in higher dosages. While there are no significant side effects to taking high dose folic acid, choline and pantothenic acid, theoretically one can create relative deficiencies in the other B complex vitamins.
What to Do
Well, there you have it. As long as you use the combination of L-arginine, folic acid, choline and pantothenic acid in the dosages recommended above, you should be able to achieve greater sexual fulfillment. Prepackaged formulas may be more convenient but purchasing the individual ingredients is significantly less expensive.
With the exception of L-arginine, these natural health products are easily available in Canada. L-arginine is available by mail order from many American supplement manufacturers for personal use. Either that or one can readily obtain this amino acid by driving across the border and picking it up from a health food store. Enjoy and tell everyone you read about it here.
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